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May Book Recommendation

The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age

Author: Robert Wachter

“As I read “The Digital Doctor,” I found myself feeling nostalgic for medicine before the digital age, even though its challenges sometimes drove me crazy. Is computerized medicine really an improvement on the past? Or are we at risk of losing the vital bond of the doctor-patient relationship? Fortunately, the author, a practicing internist, has considered these questions carefully. “The Digital Doctor” makes the case that, despite some serious shortcomings, computerized medicine is here to stay and, in the long run, will improve our health.” – Barron H. Lerner

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds (or less!)

Author: Nicholas Boothman, our WinC/AlinC 2015 AGM Keynote Speaker!

Aimed at establishing rapport-that stage between meeting and communicating-How to Make People Like You focuses on the concept of synchrony. It shows how to synchronize attitude, synchronize body language, and synchronize voice tone so that you instantly and imperceptibly become someone the other person likes […] Along the way the book covers attitude, nervousness, words that open a conversation and words that shut it down, compliments, eye cues, the magic of opposites attracting, and more. It's how to make the best of the most important 90 seconds in any relationship, business or personal.

Being Wrong

Author: Kathryn Schulz

“Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error is an insightful and delightful discussion of the errors of our ways. ... [Schulz is] a warm, witty and welcome presence who confides in her readers rather than lecturing them. It doesn’t hurt that she combines lucid prose with perfect comic timing. ... Schulz is not just a quotable writer; she is also a canny and original observer, ­adept at pointing out things that we should have known, but didn’t. ... For most of us, errors are like cockroaches: we stomp them the moment we see them and then flush the corpse as fast as we can, never pausing to contemplate the intricate design of nature’s great survivor, never asking what it might reveal beyond itself. Schulz is the patient naturalist who carefully examines the nasty little miracles the rest of us so eagerly discard.”

— Daniel Gilbert, The New York Times Book Review

“Not many books manage to drop names like Voltaire, Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin, Foucault, and Plato and still be entertaining. Even fewer manage to blend Socrates and Beyoncé in the same sentence without missing a beat. Schulz does. ... This book is both timely and timeless and, in a country obsessed with self-help—though she shuns the category—Schulz’s call to embrace flaws and errors as potentially beneficial will surely draw legions of followers."

— Newsweek

Article Recommendation

Impact of organizational leadership on physician burnout and satisfaction

Authors: Shanafelt TD., Gorringe G., Menaker R., Storz KA., Reeves D., Buskirk SJ., Sloan JA., Swensen SJ.
MAYO Clinic Proceedings, Volume 90, Issue 4, April 2015, Pages 432–440
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Objective: To evaluate the impact of organizational leadership on the professional satisfaction and burnout of individual physicians working for a large health care organization.
Participants and Methods: We surveyed physicians and scientists working for a large health care organization in October 2013. Validated tools were used to assess burnout. Physicians also rated the leadership qualities of their immediate supervisor in 12 specific dimensions on a 5-point Likert scale. All supervisors were themselves physicians/scientists. A composite leadership score was calculated by summing scores for the 12 individual items (range, 12-60; higher scores indicate more effective leadership).
Results: Of the 3896 physicians surveyed, 2813 (72.2%) responded. Supervisor scores in each of the 12 leadership dimensions and composite leadership score strongly correlated with the burnout and satisfaction scores of individual physicians (all P<.001). On multivariate analysis adjusting for age, sex, duration of employment at Mayo Clinic, and specialty, each 1-point increase in composite leadership score was associated with a 3.3% decrease in the likelihood of burnout (P<.001) and a 9.0% increase in the likelihood of satisfaction (P<.001) of the physicians supervised. The mean composite leadership rating of each division/department chair (n=128) also correlated with the prevalence of burnout (correlation=–0.330; r2=0.11; P<.001) and satisfaction (correlation=0.684; r2=0.47; P<.001) at the division/department level.
Conclusion: The leadership qualities of physician supervisors appear to impact the well-being and satisfaction of individual physicians working in health care organizations. These findings have important implications for the selection and training of physician leaders and provide new insights into organizational factors that affect physician well-being.


Patient Perspective: Cancer-stricken mother writes on her present and her family’s future

By Tamara Gignac

In honour of May being Mother’s Day month, we share a Patient Perspective with this mother’s honest, strong, and often heartbreaking words as she battles stage 4 colon cancer. “If I don’t have time to travel or watch my children grow up, then I don’t have time for despair.” – T. Gignac



Dr. Nancy Feldman

Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program Director
Chief of Hematology and Oncology, UCLA-Olive View Medical Center
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Why is Dr. Nancy Feldman Mentor of the Month?

Nancy Feldman, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology.  Dr. Feldman received her MD from the University of California, San Diego. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Oncology fellowship training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Feldman’s primary clinical interests are breast cancer, hematologic malignancies, psychosocial issues of cancer patients, genetic risk assessment, and survivorship issues. She developed a liaison with City of Hope to provide genetic risk assessment for our county patients >10 years ago.  She is the site PI for the Avon Cares for Life, a breast cancer patient navigation program funded by the Avon Foundation through the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is a frequent invited speaker and has published in the above mentioned areas. Dr. Feldman’s primary love is teaching fellows to become great clinicians and humanistic hematologist/oncologists. Dr. Feldman has been at UCLA-Olive View for many years and enjoys treating its very needy and appreciative population.  She thrives on the wide variety of amazing cases that always walk through the busy UCLA- Olive View doors.

Dr. Nancy Feldman was nominated by Madiha Naseem, WinC/AlinC Director of Student Affairs: “I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Feldman as an elective student. Prior to meeting her, I was inspired by her humanistic approach to medicine, as her work involves treating and developing new programs for the underserved populations. Her warm and cheerful nature, combined with her passion to teach, made for one of the greatest learning experiences I have ever had. Dr. Feldman became a role model for me, for she exuded passion for medicine, embodied compassion towards her students and patients, and inspired the thrill to learn. Despite having a busy schedule, she was able to create opportunities for learning. For example, although she was late for a meeting, she ensured I learned how to correctly examine a spleen on a patient with splenomegaly. As a student, I greatly appreciated that gesture.

She has further exemplified great mentorship by giving career advice and providing me with networking opportunities. Dr. Feldman stands out as an excellent role model who not only excels in teaching, but inspires passion for learning while giving practical advice which is necessary to succeed.”


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Oncologist in the Hot Seat

Now Available: read Dr. Marshall Pitz’s thoughtful responses to your great questions, posted in the WinC / AlinC Resources tab!

Our previous Hot Seat Oncologists have come from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. We are excited to soon present to you TWO Oncologists in the Hot Seat from Ontario…stay tuned to find out who they are!

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SAVE THE DATE: OncologyEducation presents Best of ASCO 2015

Register now for the Best of ASCO 2015 Conference, taking place in Toronto on June 12th and in Vancouver on July 10th, presented by OncologyEducation.

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